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Wenn ich einst das Ziel errungen habe

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn ich einst das Ziel errungen habe,
In den Lichtgefilden jener Welt,
Heil! der Thräne dann an meinem Grabe,
Die auf hingestreute Rosen fällt.

Sehnsuchtsvoll, mit [hoher]1 Ahnungswonne,
Ruhig, wie der mondbeglänzte Hain,
Lächelnd, wie beim Niedergang die Sonne,
Harr' ich, göttliche Vollendung, dein!

Eil', o eile mich empor zu flügeln,
Wo sich unter mir die Welten drehn,
Wo im Lebensquell sich Palmen spiegeln,
Wo die Liebenden sich wiedersehn!

Sklavenketten sind der Erde Leiden;
[Oefters, ach! zerreißt]2 sie nur der Tod!
Blumenkränzen gleichen ihre Freuden,
Die ein Westhauch zu entblättern droht!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-3

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, page 66; and with Gedichte von Friedrich Matthisson. Mannheim in der neuen Hof- und akademischen Buchhandlung. 1787, pages 12-13.

First published in Poetische Blumenlese auf das Jahr 1786. Göttingen, bey Joh. Christian Dieterich, page 218, with an additional stanza between stanzas 1 and 2; see below.

1 Schubert: "banger"
2 Matthisson (Mannheim 1787 edition): "Oft, ach, öfters bricht"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Voleinding", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Accomplissement", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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